Title: Necessary Risks: Challenges Privileged People Need to Face

Author: Teri McDowell Ott

Reviewed by: Teresa Kaldor, CENetwork of the ELCA

How can we challenge ourselves to take steps in bringing about social justice in the face of our fears? How can we break down barriers and eliminate the boundaries that have been erected? In her new book, Necessary Risks, the Reverend Dr. Teri McDowell Ott provides personal insights into this struggle as she relates her own transformational journey as a Christian White privileged woman learning to take risks in uncomfortable settings.

Ott defines the issue of privilege early in the book. She is upfront about her concept of privilege; it is an “unearned advantage that might or might not include inherited wealth, networks, and connections.” (p. 12) It does not mean that Whites don’t have to struggle, but it does mean that there are certain factors like race with which they don’t have to deal, and this changes the dynamics of the life they lead.

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